Through Anne Boleyn 's patronage, he became prior of Haverfordwest in 1534 , and while there complained bitterly to Cromwell of local antagonism to reform. He was moved to Bisham in 1535 , and sent to Scotland as a royal envoy . He was elected bishop of S. Asaph in Jan. 1536 , but was translated to S. Davids forthwith. There is no record of his consecration. He quarrelled violently with his chapter on matters of faith and discipline. He failed to remove the see to Carmarthen or to establish a grammar school there; but succeeded in founding Christ College , Brecon , in 1542 . He conveyed the valuable manor of Lamphey to the king , who in turn conferred it upon Sir Richard Devereux (see article on the Devereux family) .
Barlow was translated to Bath and Wells in 1548 , and ‘resigned’ in 1553 . After being twice imprisoned for trying to escape, he fled to the Continent early in 1555 , and remained in Germany and Poland until 1558 . He was one of those who consecrated Parker , and became bishop of Chichester , where he d. [in Aug. 1568 . The date was correctly given in the 1st ed. of D.N.B. , for there is a letter ( Cal. S.P. Dom. , 1547-8 , 314) from Barlow 's son-in-law to Cecil , dated Aug. 1568 , informing him of the bishop 's death. Later, the D.N.B. , erroneously following Fuller and others (and in spite of Cooper 's warning in Athen. Cantab. ), adopted a later date]. He left two sons, and five daughters, all of whom were married to bishops.
Sir Glanmor Williams, M.A., Swansea
Published date: 1959